automatism

Definitions

  • Automatic Steam Transfer for Timber, Lumber and Slabs
    Automatic Steam Transfer for Timber, Lumber and Slabs
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n automatism any reaction that occurs automatically without conscious thought or reflection (especially the undirected behavior seen in psychomotor epilepsy)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Automatic Gang Lumber-Trimmer Automatic Gang Lumber-Trimmer
Car Loaded with Lumber on its Edges by the Automatic Stacker Car Loaded with Lumber on its Edges by the Automatic Stacker
The Construction of the Automatic Lumber Stacker The Construction of the Automatic Lumber Stacker
Automatic self-binding reaper Automatic self-binding reaper
Automatic pistols Automatic pistols
Automatic knitter Automatic knitter

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dolphins don't automatically breath; they have to tell themselves to.
    • n Automatism (Metaph) The state or quality of being automatic; the power of self-moving; automatic, mechanical, or involuntary action.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In July, 1950, a patent was issued for an automatic spaghetti-spinning fork.
    • n automatism Automatic or involuntary action: in pathology, sometimes specifically applied to such purposeless actions as are often exhibited by patients after an epileptic fit.
    • n automatism The doctrine that animals, especially those below man, are automata, in the sense that all the phenomena exhibited by them are results of physical laws; especially, the doctrine of Descartes that animals are devoid of consciousness
    • n automatism The faculty of independently originating action or motion.
    • n automatism Specifically, in psychology: An action performed unconsciously or subconsciously while the agent's attention is otherwise engaged, or while he is in a trance or sleep-like state.
    • n automatism The mental state of the agent during such a performance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: This sounds feasible, but isn't true! Crapper actually invented the automatic shut-off mechanism used in the modern toilet.
    • ns Automatism automatic or involuntary action: power of self-moving: power of initiating vital processes from within the cell, organ, or organism, independently of any direct or immediate stimulus from without: the doctrine that animals are automata, their motions, &c., being the result of mechanical laws
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Quotations

  • Roger Smith
    Roger Smith
    “Anything that you do to increase job security automatically does work for you. It makes your employees a closer part of the unit.”
  • Chogyam Trungpa
    Chogyam Trungpa
    “Compassion automatically invites you to relate with people because you no longer regard people as a drain on your energy.”
  • Ruth Ross
    Ruth Ross
    “In this game, by trying to win; you automatically lose.”
  • Jim Bishop
    Jim Bishop
    “A good writer is not necessarily a good book critic. No more so than a good drunk is automatically a good bartender.”
  • Marshall Mcluhan
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    “It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.”
  • Don G. Mitchell
    Don G. Mitchell
    “Determine to become one of the best. Sufficient money will almost automatically follow if you get to be one of the best in your chosen field, whatever it is.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. automatos, self-moving—autos, self, and a stem mat-, to strive after, to move.

Usage

In literature:

As soon as the over-attention has produced the acceptance of the belief, all further effects are automatic and necessary.
"Psychotherapy" by Hugo Münsterberg
The program must, of necessity, become automatic in nature.
"A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis" by Melvin Powers
You think just because you spent six or eight years of your life in some college that you're automatically smarter than other people.
"The Common Man" by Guy McCord (AKA Dallas McCord Reynolds)
He fanned them away automatically and without audible comment.
"The Fighting Shepherdess" by Caroline Lockhart
A small spring automatically holds the divided screw-head in any place.
"Mechanical Drawing Self-Taught" by Joshua Rose
They grow, that is, automatically, spontaneously, without trying, without fretting, without thinking.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
Mike the Angel didn't want to make bombs or automatic bankrobbers; he just wanted to fiddle with the stack, see what it would do.
"Unwise Child" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Numerous experiments might be tried, such as crystal-gazing, automatic writing, seances, induced dreams, etc.
"The Problems of Psychical Research" by Hereward Carrington
One by one he tested the automatic doors, the pressure bulkheads.
"The Ultimate Weapon" by John Wood Campbell
The red-headed man started forward automatically.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
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In poetry:

The Sheepmen tried to steal the maid,
The Villain sought the attic,
The Hero fifteen bad men slayed
With his blue automatic.
"Western" by Ellis Parker Butler
Grandma's sitting in her attic,
Oiling up her automatic.
Mid-Victorian is her style,
Prim yet gentle is her smile
As she fits the cartridges
One by one, and softly says:
"Owed To Volstead" by Wallace Irwin

In news:

She describes Config , a task representation and control system that solves the immediate interactive data interpretation problem and provides a framework for general interactive problem solving and automatic programming.
The ballot measure question is an automatic provision of the Alaska Constitution.
The Javelin Pro eight-color/10-station automatic textile screen printing machine has recently been upgraded.
File Photo State Rep Kevin Cotter , R-Mount Pleasant, has requested a House Subcommittee on Higher Education hearing on MSU's automatic health insurance plan for students.
New 5-In-1 Automatic Safety Exhaust Coupler remains connected to the plug until downstream air is completely bled off.
A new high-speed, in-line, automatic crankshaft measurement gage for production environments that provides sub-micron accuracy has been introduced by Adcole Corp.
The unit is not machine dependent, and it quickly provides advanced capabilities to a cam-driven automatic, the company says.
I am looking for a reason why the cruise control on my 2004 GMC diesel with an automatic transmission does not always engage when I am up to cruising speed.
Getting the two together isn't always easy or automatic.
Deni Automatic Ice Cream Maker with Candy Crusher .
First automatic fare collection system with integrated explosives detection undergoes operational testing.
Hunter, a freshman at Central High School, went into cardiac arrest Monday during an afterschool basketball practice in the gym and was revived by his coach, who used CPR and an automatic defibrillator at the school.
If you were to judge a Korean restaurant by how many varieties of complimentary panchan dishes are offered, Kaya would automatically triumph.
IPhone tracking automatically creates a file of everywhere your phone has traveled.
TQC, the Dutch-based maker of paint and coatings test instruments, has introduced the Automatic Krebs Viscometer, for determining paint and coating viscosity according to Krebs KU.
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In science:

Automatic referral chaining however requires sending more messages and thus demands the search of more vertices.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Design patterns and languages may help capture solutions to recurrent modeling problems, such as sparsity and privacy, and foster the semi-automatic construction of systems.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Automatic Personalization Based on Web Usage Mining.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Yang. A Vector Space Model for Automatic Indexing.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
For example, the gateway could provide value-added services like automatic citation extraction, or conversion between different protocols (SOAP, Z39.50) and OAI-PMH.
A Scalable Architecture for Harvest-Based Digital Libraries - The ODU/Southampton Experiments
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